Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

6 February 2009 - 23 May 2009

In partnership with the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the musée Fabre of Montpellier Agglomération will present, during the Spring 2009, a retrospective devoted to Emil Nolde, one of the major artists of German expressionism.

Nolde died at the old age of 89 and went through both World Wars, leaving us a profusion of works that still echoes in contemporary art.

German Expressionism is still an unfamiliar movement in France. Emil Nolde, celebrated in the whole world, has never benefitted any major retrospective in France. This ambitious exhibition pays tribute to this actor of Modern Art, exposing more than ninety canvases and seventy engravings, drawings and watercolours.

Trained in Munich and Paris around 1900, Nolde Joined the group Die Brücke (Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluff…) but he soon broke away in order to forge a unique and personal style, made of extraordinary coloured tunings and a firm stroke. Human Being is authoritatively recreated in his portraits, and the still lifes and landscapes are coloured dreams where contemplation of ordinary life is transfigured thanks to an audacious palette. His religious paintings are deeply moving in their attempt to retrieve the roots of a primitive religion, close to the Human Being, which he had the opportunity ofapproaching during his trip in the Southern seas in 1913-1914.

This exhibition will be a fascinating insight for the French public and a unique occasion to discover works coming from major institutions worldwide and gathered in Montpellier after being displayed at the Grand Palais in Paris.

You may download the audioguides of this exhibition (zip archives):